Medicare is the name of the health insurance system in Australia. However, this is not only accessible to the residents of Australia itself, but also to travelers from selected countries including the Netherlands! Applying for this pass is completely free and can save you a lot of costs if you have to go to the doctor or the hospital. Please note, it does not replace your travel insurance that you take out in the Netherlands! Costs such as ambulance transport are not reimbursed in the Medicare program. See it as a handy side-issue for smaller matters.
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You can apply for a Medicare card at one of their offices. On their website you can find exactly where the offices are located. All you have to do is fill in a form and bring the following documents:
- Two different ID proofs passport + ID card / bank card
- Your Dutch insurance card and policy papers
- Copy of your Working & Holiday Visa ./ Tourist visa
- Address where the pass can be sent
When all papers have been completed, you will receive a temporary pass (type of receipt) that you can use if you want to use Medicare in the meantime. Depending on the crowds, they will indicate when you can approximately expect the pass.
You can also take your Dutch EHIC (European health insurance card) with you. With this pass you can also apply for an Australian medicare pass, which entitles you to medically necessary care in Australia.
PAYING / RECLAIMING COSTS INCURRED
When you go to the doctor or hospital you always have to take the Medicare pass. To be sure, always take your passport with you. You may not have to pay anything and everything will be paid directly by Medicare. But it can also happen that you have to advance the total amount yourself and can then reclaim this via one of the designated Medicare offices. Keep in mind that you will not always get the full 100% back. For example, if you need vaccinations because you are going to make an unexpected trip to Asia, you will also receive a large part of this back through Medicare. After all, every euro that you get as a backpacker is a bonus.
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